The Story of Mankind (1957)


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The phenomenal success of Mike Todd's Around the World in 80 Days (1956) inspired several directors to make similarly lavish all-star extravaganzas. This effort comes from a young Irwin Allen and features a blockbuster cast. The sprawling plot is based on Hendrik Willem Van Loon's best-selling 1921 book. It is framed by the story of a Celestial tribunal convened to debate the worthiness of humanity following the invention of the hydrogen bomb sixty years ahead of schedule. Their arguments will … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Bennett, Irwin Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 21, 2009
Warner Bros.



as Joan of Arc

as The Spirit of Man

as Peter Minuit

as Monk

as Isaac Newton

as Cleopatra

as Queen Elizabeth

as Hippocrates

as High Judge

as Spanish Envoy

as Napoleon

as Marie Antoinette

as Anthony

as Sir Walter Raleigh

as Shakespeare

as Josephine

as Early Christian Woma...

as Marquis de Varennes

as Major Domo

as Bishop of Beauvais

as Alexander Graham Bel...

as Helen of Troy

as Columbus

as Lincoln

as Hitler

as Court Attendant

as Apprentice

as Early Christian Chil...

as Cleopatra's Brother

as Early Man

as Armana

as Early Woman

as Chief Inquisitor

as Noble in Queen Eliza...

as Indian Chief

as Court Clerk

as Court Attendant

as Earl of Warwick

as Concubine

as Early Christian

as Laughing Water

as Indian Brave

as Noble in Queen Eliza...
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Mind-curdling in its concentrated ghastliness.

Full Review… | December 2, 2010
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Story of Mankind

This movie isn't as long as I had dreaded, so I was happy about that, but then on the other hand I was disappointed that we didn't get to see all of the great actors for very long. They all had short scenes, except for Price and Colman. I think maybe packing a film with so many stars wasn't such a great idea, although it does draw in more fans. This story has been seen before in many other more exciting movies too, so it doesn't even have that going for it. Overall, it was interesting to watch, and I loved Price and Colman, but it's not a great movie.

Aj V

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Not very good but a cavalcade of familiar faces camping it up.

jay nixon

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I saw it years ago as a child and thought I wanted to see it again.
Don't bother. It has a few good moments, but they are not good enough nor do they occur often enough to merit watching it. Price hands in a good performance, and he looks great. Otherwise, pretty bad. Very superficial writing and even more superficial execution. Plodding. Unimaginative. One of the worst scenes showed Aristotle mixing chemicals with modern lab glassware. I suppose when you are in a hurry to make a movie you can't be bothered with details. The Cleopatra section features some of the worst acting I've seen. OUCH!

Morris Nelms

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